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VIDEO: College Prep: Marketing Your Athletic Strengths to College Coaches

This week at Champion’s QUEST, we are dedicated to providing Parents and Athletes with knowledge about the College Prep process to achieving the ultimate goal of being a: COLLEGE STUDENT-ATHLETE.

In this video, Coach Brittany talks about Marketing Yourself to College Coaches by showing off your Athletic Strengths in videos and sharing with College Coaches. 

Whether you are looking to attend college out of California or the local Junior College down the street, College Coaches unfortunately do not have enough time to go out and watch every player that emails them. You must stand out in a different way! 

Athletes sometimes have a hard time explaining their Athletic Strengths in an email or on the phone with College Coaches. It can be frustrating for parents and athletes during the recruiting process. So instead of worrying about how the email sounds or if you made your athlete sound the best, use videos to show the College Coach exactly what you are attempting to say! 

If you have an amazing Vertical Jump and your rebound percentage in basketball is your greatest athletic strength, send video of your training session at Champion’s QUEST working on your explosive power -and- then send another video of all our rebounds from last weekend’s basketball tournament.

Competing against athletes across the entire nation for a spot on a college team can be daunting and scary, so be creative and show the College Coaches you deserve that scholarship on the team and you have the athletic ability to help their athletic program.

Check out Coach Brittany’s video as she displays an athlete’s Greatest Athletic Strength: POWER in her recent training session.

Notice how the clips are short and straight to the point: POWER! Coach Brittany gave a short intro and exit to open the video. It is a great idea for athletes to give a quick intro introducing themselves (name, graduation year, sport, position, team name, high school) -and- state what the college coach is about to view.

Remember, it’s great to show off your Athletic Strengths! Go get that College Scholarship!


“Must-do” 3 Methods to Contact College Coaches

Contacting College Coaches can be scary for a 16 year-old athlete. Often times, parents and athletes don’t know how to start the communication. 

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CJ Jacobs – CQ Alumni 2009 UCSB Lacrosse

The NCAA has very detailed, specific rules for communication between the College Coaches and prospective Student-Athletes to protect both the lives of the athletes and coaches. Different sports have different recruiting calendars that include:

  • Contact Period: College coaches may have face-to-face contact with athletes and parents, actively recruit the athlete, and write/call athletes or their parents.
  • Evaluation Period: Has the same rules as the Contact period; however, a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with the athlete/parent off a college campus.
  • Quiet Period: College coaches may contact athlete/parents in-person, email, or phone; however, may not watch the athlete compete unless the competition is on their college campus.
  • Dead Period: College coaches may not contact in-person, email, or phone with the athlete/parent. They also cannot watch the athlete compete or visit their high school.

Check out Your Sport’s NCAA Div I and Div II Recruiting Calendar

There are loopholes around some of these rules and that is how you see Freshman and Sophomore athletes verbally commit to compete at a college. None-the-less, all Freshman to Senior athletes should follow these 3 “must-do” methods of contact with college coaches. 

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Emma Malsy – CQ Alumni 2016 Arizona State University

  1. Communication should start with an email introducing yourself, identifying the reason you are emailing them, your upcoming schedule, and the reason you should be recruited.

“How do I write an email to college coaches?”

2. Email communication should lead to a Phone Conversation with the coach to discuss the Athletics Program at the college, the lifestyle of a student-athlete, and their recruiting process. Athletes should have a list of questions to ask the coach and a notebook to jot down the answers.

“What do I say on the phone to college coaches?”   (Coming Soon)

3. After email and phone conversations, athletes should plan on meeting the coach in person. How does this happen? Athletes can meet and speak with college coaches on college campuses and at camps.

“What should I expect in an in-person conversation with a College Coach?”   (Coming Soon)

Congrats to all College and Professional Champion’s QUEST Alumni


Parent Testimonial: Kaitlyn Sachs

Brittany Gonzales Kaitlyn SachsA letter from the parents of Kaitlyn Sachs to Coach Brittany Gonzales. Kaitlyn had been training at Champion’s QUEST since middle school and is now taking the next step of college athletics at Adams State on their Women’s Soccer Team. 

“Words cannot describe the pride I feel when one of our athletes takes the next step into college athletics and I am forever thankful to Loren and Denise Sachs for trusting me with their daughter, Kaitlyn’s soccer career and development. I am very excited to see her continue to grow in her soccer career as she takes the next step head on, you go Kaitlyn!”

Coach Brittany

Congrats to Kaitlyn and the rest of the Champion’s QUEST Alumni to play in College!


I wanted to take a moment to thank you and the entire Champion’s Quest staff for the commitment and enthusiasm you have shown for Kaitlyn in her quest for soccer success. From the first evaluation in the summer of 2010 to today, the growth Denise and I have seen in Kaitlyn has been extraordinary…

While improving physically is a significant part of CQ, I feel the more important component is the mental aspect of training and challenging the kids to be better people and athletes. Maybe more importantly, CQ allows the kids to be themselves, there is no one mold fits all…

In 2013, the entire staff was incredibly supportive of the transition from field player to goalie. You were able to adjust her training while still providing the foundation she had always found useful. From the beginning a common theme was, ‘We need Kaitlyn to be more assertive, more talkative,’ and at your first game visit you were able to show her the value of being assertive as a goalie… I can ever recall, she was extolling her team during half time that they could compete against their opponent and they came from behind to win by 2 goals.

Kaitlyn Sachs Champion's QuestAs we come the end of the high school experience, the belief you had in her along with her desire has allowed her to achieve her dream of playing college soccer next year. The confidence she has displayed since she was offered a spot last summer has been a joy to watch. During the club season she had a run of 5 games with no goals against and had a GAA of less than 1 for the entire year.   When the high school season started she was excited to be back as a midfielder and looking forward to her senior year. As we conclude the high school season, the hardwork truly paid off, OCVarsity Player of the Week, First-Team All-league, team Player of the Year, and school record for most goals in a season are further evidence of how far the journey has gone and validation of the effort and commitment you and she have given.

Denise and I thank you so much for what you have done for Kaitlyn and look forward to sharing the next chapter of her soccer experience.


Loren and Denise Sachs


Do you have a Marketing Campaign to gain College Exposure?

Myth: College Coaches will show up at my door and offer me a college scholarship.  

Fact:  Majority (almost all) of College Coaches will not go to your house. Scholarships are discussed/offered through phone or in-person meetings at the college. 

Times have changed and it is now important for parents and athletes to reach out to college coaches. Now, you don’t want to reach out without a plan. Every athlete should have a Marketing Campaign that exposes the athlete’s strengths in emails, videos, pictures, social media, and phone conversations.

Here are some easy steps to follow to make sure you are presenting yourself and your Athletic Strengths in the best possible way.

Daniel Renken Champions Quest

Daniel Renken 2007 CQ Alumni CSU-Fullerton

  1. Define what your Best Strengths are as a Recruit.
    1. What is your athletic strength?
    2. What is your mental strength?
    3. What can you add to their college team?
    4. What makes you different from everyone else?
    5. Check out this Sport Specific Marketing Plan
  2. Design an Athletic Resume. Include the following:
    1. Athletic Action Photos
    2. High School Academic Accolades/Awards
    3. High School Athletic Accolades/Awards
    4. Club/Travel/Competitive Athletic Accolades/Awards
    5. Contact Information for 1 of your Coaches
    6. Contact Information for your Champion’s QUEST coach
    7. 1-3 top scores of your Champion’s QUEST evaluations that supports your Strength as a recruit.
    8. 2-3 sentences of your personal statement why you want to be a College Student-Athlete.

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      Geena Urango 2007 CQ Alumni USC

  3. Design an Email to introduce yourself and explain the reason why the college coach should reply to you and add you to their recruiting list.
    1. Greeting and introduction of yourself.
    2. Why are you interested in that particular college?
    3. What can you bring to their college team (your strengths)?
    4. Schedule of your future events ( for them to attend -or- your itinerary for when you will see them next (camps/combines.)
    5. When you will contact them next or ask questions about contacting them for further information about their program.
    6. Closing with signature and picture.
  4. Record games/ competitions/ training sessions that support your athletic strengths. Now the college coaches can visually see your athletic and mental strengths.

Champion’s QUEST athletes competing in College and/or Pros



Soccer Success Story: Anika Piburn

anika-piburn-champions-quest For the past year, Anika Piburn has been preparing for the Los Alamitos high school soccer try-outs and to be the BEST soccer player she can be… well, Anika has done just that. 

Growing up in So Cal competitive soccer, high school soccer has become quite competitive and more often, middle school soccer players are starting to prepare for those try-outs before they reach high school. With the increase in youth soccer players playing club soccer, high school soccer programs have had to create an extensive try-out period for incoming freshman athletes. Anika, like all 8th grade female soccer players wanted to give the try-outs her best effort. In order to do that, Anika knew she knew to put in the extra work outside of her soccer practices and games. Over the last year, Anika has been training in increasing her speed, strength, power, agility, and mental toughness.

Not only did Anika make the Junior Varsity soccer team as a Freshman for Los Alamitos high school, she also helped her club team, CDA Slammers 2001,  win the title of Davis Cup Champions!

Anika Piburn
when Anika came to Champion’s QUEST in 2015, her long-term Goals were the following (August 2015):

  1. “Be able to do pull-ups”
  2. “Increased upper body strength”
  3. “Quicker change of direction”
  4. “More power in taking off in sprints”
  5. “Stronger on the ball”

As you look at the image with Anika’s statistics from the past year, you will see that Anika did in fact, accomplish her long-term goals. Anika’s commitment to attaining her goals has made her a leader at Champion’s QUEST with her peers. It is going to be an exciting year watching Anika use her athletic growth in this upcoming Fall club season for her CDA Slammers team followed by her first high school season at Los Alamitos high school.

Congrats Anika on a year of accomplishment, let’s continue the success! – Coach Brittany



Success Story – Aniyah League: A Threat in Soccer and Track & Field

Many young soccer players look for a second sport to compete in that will compliment their training for soccer. Often, athletes feel that cross-country would increase their cardio for soccer. Cross country will in fact help soccer players increase their endurance for 3-5 mile runs.

If a soccer player is looking to increase their sprint endurance, then track and field is a perfect compliment.

Aniyah League TrackOne of our younger athletes, 11 year-old Aniyah League, is doing just that: Competing at an elite level in TRACK and also in SOCCER. Aniyah and her teammates on her CDA Slammers soccer team recently competed in Dallas, Texas at the Premier Supercopa Soccer Tournament. Aniyah helped lead her team with 6 goals to the Championship game and ultimately winning the tournament, playing both outside defender and striker.

On top of training each week at Champion’s QUEST, Aniyah has also been running for Push Track club. This past weekend, Aniyah competed in the AAU Track & Field Championships for Region 23 and earned herself a spot to the Junior Olympics this Summer in Houston, Texas.Aniyah League Soccer

Aniyah qualified for the Track & Field Junior Olympics in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and Long Jump.
This Triple Threat is growing taller and growing faster each week as she pushes herself mentally and physically. The sky is the limit for this current Champion and we are all very excited to see what else she will accomplish this summer.

Great Job Aniyah, your hard work is paying off and you will continue to reap the benefits of your dedication! -Coach Brittany

About the Author:

Brittany Gonzales

Brittany Gonzales, Director of Soccer Academy

BrittanyG@ChampionsQUEST.com 562-598-2600

NLI | National College Signing Day

Every year, the first Wednesday of February is a very exciting day for high school Senior Student-Athletes as they participate in National Signing Day. It is a day that is televised, documented, and talked about by many media stations. Young men and women from Football to Soccer to Track to Water Polo are showcased as they take the next step in their athletic career: Accepting an athletic scholarship to play their sport in college.

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Whether you see it on social media or on ESPN, what is that piece of paper the student-athletes are signing?

If you are receiving any form of athletic scholarship from a NCAA Division I or II college, you will be asked to sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI.) If you are not 18 just yet, your parents will have to sign the form for you.

About the National Letter of Intent (NLI) (straight for the source NLI Website)

“The NCAA manages the daily operations of the NLI program while the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) provides governance oversight of the program. Started in 1964 with seven conferences and eight independent institutions, the program now includes 650 Division I and Division II participating institutions.

The NLI is a voluntary program with regard to both institutions and student-athletes. No prospective student-athlete or parent is required to sign the NLI and no institution is required to join the program. The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution.

A prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters). The institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).

The penalty for not fulfilling the NLI agreement: A student-athlete has to serve one year in residence (full-time, two semesters or three quarters) at the next NLI member institution and lose one season of competition in all sports.

An important provision of the NLI program is a recruiting prohibition applied after a prospective student-athlete signs the NLI. This prohibition requires member institutions to cease recruitment of a prospective student-athlete once an NLI is signed with another institution.

A coach or an institutional representative may not hand deliver this NLI off the institution’s campus or be present off campus at the time I sign the NLI per NCAA rules. This NLI may be delivered by express mail, courier service, regular mail, email or facsimile. An NLI submitted to an institution electronically is permissible.”

Can I still participate in National Signing Day if I make the college team without an Athletic Scholarship? 

Yes, in fact a lot of student-athletes partake in National Signing Day and are not receiving an athletic scholarship. More often than not, college programs run out of money for the amount of athletes they need to field their team. Just because you are not receiving an athletic scholarship does not mean that you cannot ever receive athletic funds during your college career. In fact, it’s the opposite. Every year, athletic scholarships can be negotiated and student-athletes can earn more athletic money based off their performance and goals set with the college coaches.

What if my college does not give Athletic Scholarships?

Colleges that compete in the NCAA Division III do not give athletic scholarships. Most often, colleges will send an agreement confirming your intent to play in their athletic program. This is an opportunity for you to sign on National Signing Day and take pride in participating in the day; however, you will not sign a National Letter of Intent.


We would like to take this time to applaud the young student-athletes who have signed to play Collegiate Athletics. Congratulations!

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BrittanyG@ChampionsQUEST.com 562-598-2600